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David Bullard
18 July 2012

David Bullard on what a R1m "selfless strugglemobile" says about the ANC

The ANC's "selfless strugglemobile"

The opportunity was too good to miss. As I drove into the basement parking to drop off some dry cleaning earlier this week another rather more eye-catching car than mine entered the garage. I couldn't help noticing the number "100" prominently displayed on the side of the vehicle in ANC colours. Being a nosy sort of bloke I decided to take a closer look so, once the driver was safely out of the way, I went up to inspect the parked vehicle more thoroughly.

It was a Mercedes-Benz E500 convertible (with Free State plates) which sells for around R1m without any optional extras. On the side of the car were the words "ANC-Celebrating 100 Years Selfless Struggle" with the ANC logo liberally displayed on various other parts of the car. The rear bumper carried the same message. Obviously I had to photograph it and put the picture up on Twitter and Facebook just to gauge reader reaction. Not surprisingly it was much the same as mine had been which was sheer disbelief.

Now, with hindsight, I suppose it's possible that the DA had a whip round, bought a very expensive convertible, covered it with this 100 year congratulatory message and are driving it around the northern suburbs in the hope of discrediting the ANC ahead of the next election.  But that wouldn't explain the Free State plates and, besides, if you want to discredit the ANC you don't drive around the northern suburbs of Joburg where the party has long been discredited.

You drive through the townships in the hope that the people on the ground might see the irony of the driver of a R1m motorcar claiming to be a member of a party involved in a selfless struggle.  But that would also be a colossal waste of time and petrol because the people on the ground have had the wool pulled over their eyes for the past eighteen years and will still vote ANC simply because it was the party that liberated them back in 1994.

In a way you have to admire the brutal honesty of anyone who plasters his high performance car with ANC decals advertising 100 years of Selfless Struggle because it perfectly encapsulates what the post 1994 ANC are all about. Long gone are all the noble ideals of uplifting the downtrodden and poor and in their place is a hard edged get rich quick culture. But it's a rather limited get rich quick culture so if you're not on the loyal cadre list forget it.

It's a culture that embraces a whole range of evils, all designed to weaken democracy and keep the riff raff in their place. The most obvious is the dubious tender system which allows well connected members of the ruling party and their relatives to win lucrative government contracts to perform tasks they are clearly incapable of. Anybody who has attempted to drive on the road to Royal Natal National Park recently will understand exactly what I mean. 

It's been under construction for well over a year now so either the funding has dried up or, just as possibly, the company awarded the contract has never built a road before. It may even be (perish the thought) that part of the upfront contract payment was splurged on a Mercedes E500 convertible which didn't leave enough to pay the workers.

If you're not well connected enough to be awarded a tender you might be lucky enough to get a cushy job with a fancy title in one of the many boondoggles the ANC has set up over the years. If you're caught with your hand in the cookie jar don't despair because you will be suspended on full pay while the meandering legal process takes its course. That means you can stay at home for at least five years without having to worry about doing a stroke of work.

The problem with waste and corruption on the grand scale that we are experiencing it is that it cannot be sustained. Eventually the cupboard will be bare. I often compare what is happening in South Africa to the tins of Quality Street toffees and chocolates that used to be a Christmas treat in our household.

There were so many different coloured sweets that it was possible to pinch a couple, shake the tin, and nobody would be any the wiser. Then the sweet thieving got to a level where some of the tin began to show so it became necessary to push the remaining sweets up the side to hide the bare metal. Eventually it became obvious that persons unknown had been raiding the sweet tin which was the signal for everyone to swipe a sweet.

By that stage there was no need to cover up the crime because everybody was in on it. Our economic plundering has reached that stage. The feeling seems to be that if you don't get your share now then don't complain when there's nothing left. Since very few politicians appear to get prosecuted for corruption in this country it has become a popular way of making a fast buck with a very acceptable reward to risk ratio.

It also carries bragging rights which is why it's obviously not considered bad form to plaster the words "Selfless Struggle" on the side of an expensive car.

One wonders what Nelson Mandela, who celebrated his 94th birthday yesterday, makes of all this. Does he look fondly on the leaders of his beloved ANC, believing that they represent the true ideals of the party he fought for?  Or does he, like so many others in this country, wonder how it could have all gone so wrong?

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How do you know...
That the decals are not a great way to prevent theft? Who would dare steal a car that apparently is an ANC car? Who would issue a speeding ticket? A parking ticket?

People are just jealous they did not think of the idea first...

by . on July 19 2012, 04:51
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Tenderitis
The tender system is theoretically unexceptionable. The binding effect of sections 195 and 217 of the Constitution see to that. It is the abuse of and disregard for the system that has spawned tenderpreneurs and the terminal case of tenderitis from which . .more

by Paul Hoffman on July 19 2012, 05:50
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At least...
They may be driving a 1-bar car but, at least, they're not eating cake at gatherings anymore. Now THAT'S being selfless.

Looks like they're saying 'f*ck you' to the 'no parking' marks too.


by Bruce on July 19 2012, 05:59
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Where did it all go so wrong
Would the owner of the vehicle kindly care to respond by furnishing us with the logic and rationale which reconciles the apparent anomaly/irony which this article highlights?

A thought: Perhaps the owner received a substantial amount (from the . .more

by Basil Smith on July 19 2012, 06:09
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Understanding irony
...doesn't come easy to the 70 I*.

by Muntuman on July 19 2012, 06:11
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Selfless Struggle
Hey!
This is so cool 'in your face", ANC one upmanship!
Or is it some wag with a great sense of humour showing the bird to the ANC?
Well done that man/woman.

In the townships and to "the people on the ground" this will be sooooo . .more

by VERITAS on July 19 2012, 06:24
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Selfish struggle
It is really necessary for the ANC to put in the word "Selfless" in the motto "ANC-Celebrating 100 Years Selfless Struggle". If they did not put in the word, no-one would associate that word with them!

Oh, come to think about it, the same . .more

by Dinks on July 19 2012, 07:02
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Quality sweets
A beautiful analogy. All indulging in the sweetness and then shaking the tin so that no one will know you were also there. Sort of child psychology. Sad that you're left with an empty tin at the end of it all. Bitter ending and empty feeling!

by Wizard on July 19 2012, 07:07
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How do you know
Nice one Dot, but if we assume that you're right, what does it say about a country (and it's government) where one has to camouflage ones vehicle as belonging to the thieving, corrupt cANCer, just to avoid it been stolen, or in any other way interfered . .more

by C4 on July 19 2012, 07:24
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Symbolic!
The car symbolises the very essence of the new ANC - ostentatious, materialistic, pretentious, consumerist, removed, elitist, arrogant, avaricious, vain, self-absorbed, exhibitionist, obnoxious, rude, de-sensitised, selfish. It's a shame that one hundred . .more

by Markza on July 19 2012, 08:06
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199 years of selfless struggle
David, please, get used to it, this is only the start. It is definitely going to get worse. If you were old enough in the eighties and nineties you would have read comment that this is normal to Africa and what you experience now is the rule and not . .more

by Pieter on July 19 2012, 08:13
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Wow!!! Nice Car
This sure is a beautiful car. I hope it's owned by a black person. It's time

by Terra on July 19 2012, 08:30
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struggle car
David, I know of ANC cadres who have at least 2 cars - a citigolf for driving around the townships and a hummer for the big city lights! Hypocrisy rules!!!

by js on July 19 2012, 08:37
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So in your little brain, the people struggled to be modest in Toyota Fortuners huh?
We are not useless, driving around in Fortuners and shipping all the money to offshore markets even after 18 yrs of losses hoping 1 day the rand will trade at R15 to the USD again? We drive these Mercs hence the Germans are investing here heavily, if we . .more

by Kom Net Met Dromedaries on July 19 2012, 08:52
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Well, well...

I see that "Kom net met Dummies" has managed yet another inarticulate and frankly stupid post. How surprising...

@Dot. Did you take a little crack at humour in your post? Or perhaps a little dabble at irony? I sincerely hope so, so I do...

by Marc V on July 19 2012, 08:59
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Strugglemobile
O! what noble ideals are here by greed o'erthrown

by Olliver Ransome on July 19 2012, 08:59
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The ANC is disgusting

What a farcehole.

by Thabo on July 19 2012, 09:11
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lyndall.bbb@gmail.com
I don't think Nelson Mandela is with us in spirit anymore. The brief glimpses of him on TV yesterday and at the centenary flame celebration show a frozen expressionless face.

And why would Clinton be more honest about Mandela than about Monica? . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on July 19 2012, 09:25
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Africa has always had bad governance
Robert Calderisi writes that Black Africans don't expect honest governance because never in history have they ever had it. Actually, the brief period of colonial rule, less than 100 years in most states, was the only prosperous time.

by Lyndall Beddy on July 19 2012, 09:29
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Where did it all go wrong?
David Bullard, your whimsical irony about the fall from high ground by the once "can do no wrong" ANC is a treat to read with which I fully agree.

A further irony is that most of this type of reportage nowadays originate from the very same people . .more

by James Bell on July 19 2012, 09:43
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Where did it all Go So Wrong?
@Pieter 8.13am. Are people not allowed to comment? What happened to freedom of speech (and all that it embraces)? If you did not agree with the article, that is fine (why you bothered to read it until the end, boggles my mind!!) but to to be so profane . .more

by Esme on July 19 2012, 09:45
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The mindless Merc
Just to cap it all it appears from the picture that it is parked in a yellow hatched area,probably reserved for invalids!

by RobinAfrica on July 19 2012, 09:51
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Strugglemobile
I am surprised that Mr Bullard should write such a lengthy article about a vehicle that epitomises ANC cadres' not so selfless struggle to elbow their ways to get their snouts in the trough before all that is left is a crust of dry scum.

by Sam Sterban on July 19 2012, 10:17
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Strugglemobile
Everybody knows that ANC's liberation struggle was the most incompetent in the history of liberation movements. If it wasn't for liberal Afrikaners that lost their nerves and blinked ANC would not rule today. The only struggle ANC knows is struggle who . .more

by Glass Shard on July 19 2012, 10:34
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@dot
If the critics on dots weird postings becomes too loud all he does is reblog with .'fraudster' a typical ANC dodging tactic!

by cynical is good on July 19 2012, 10:47
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Where did we go wrong?
Well we started going wrong when well known politicians came with the slogan.I DID NOT JOIN THE STRUGGLE TO BE POOR !! You know who ?? Then we started carrying all the little wealth--or is it still little on our backs to show what the struggle has done . .more

by Thanyani on July 19 2012, 10:51
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De Klerk in part
He should have privatized the entire government. But he knew only law and thought whites were the scum of the earth and Mandela a saint. De Klerk worshiped Mandela or George Bizos ( the true speech writer behind all the Mandela iconic speeches ).

by Nasdaq7 on July 19 2012, 11:18
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A website I often visit
is www.archive.org

It is an entire database of the world's most important websites as they appeared from 1996 to 2007. Backed up every few days or weeks.

So in that archive, you can see the information as it really was.

So if . .more

by Nasdaq on July 19 2012, 12:05
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waBenzi
More like 18 years of "selfish struggle" by the ANC's waBenzi and Volvocracy.

by Argus Eye on July 19 2012, 12:12
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I guess Africans deserve a Quantum!
I guess David Bullurd cannot stomach the fact that Africans in particular and blacks in general deserve a taste of finer things in life. To him we all should be driving cheap Korean or Japanese technology like Quantums and Hi-Aces! All because the German . .more

by Phumi Ntlabati on July 19 2012, 12:44
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Idiocracy
Hahaha its parked on a loading bay too. Same attitude as the driver of the government Merc vehicle I just saw parked blocking an entire lane of Rivonia Road next to Sandton City for about an hour, causing havoc, only to come out with a bag of groceries . .more

by Dre on July 19 2012, 12:48
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The ANC of Mandela, Sisulu and Tambo has gone trough snouting.
What a loss, we are left with a bunch of clue-less tenderprenuers. What is even sadder is that the intellectual and moral center of the ANC is cowering in fear of these shameless criminals dressed in ANC colours. The Tutus, Vavis, Ramaphosas, Mbekis and . .more

by Veja on July 19 2012, 13:12
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@Phumi Ntlabati

Er, you seem to have missed the point of the article. Completely, utterly, entirely and without exception....

Ah well, whatever floats your sad little boat...

by Marc V on July 19 2012, 13:13
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Phumi Ntlabati
That is precisely the idea. The German cars cost more to maintain. The cheap Japanese technology as you call it is just as good if not better than German technology. Japanese have always focused on technology while the Germans focus more on brand / . .more

by Nasdaq7 on July 19 2012, 13:17
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@Phumi Ntlabati
Do I read you correctly, that it is okay for the ANC to advertise themselves with such luxury? The ANC needs to look at the little or nothing it has done and is doing for the poor. Can you Nelson Mandela approving of such arrogance. The ANC has lost its . .more

by THINKER on July 19 2012, 13:21
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When in Arfrica...
So that's where my hard earned legally extorted tax Rands end up.

by Michael Moolman on July 19 2012, 13:23
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Me want sweetie
The joke is on South Africa's taxpayers who are quite willing to a) submit to abusive ANC hegemony and b) even help enrich the ANC at their own (the taxpayers') peril. And that is really, really dumb. It is South African taxpayers are the real clowns . .more

by Cap'n Haddock on July 19 2012, 13:27
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@Veja
"Today only about 3,000 delegates (tenderpreneurs-C**-premiers, mayors, and parliamentarians) get to choose, every five years, who becomes the leader of SA.

With tears in my eyes I ask, how can we have allowed this to happen to us? What were . .more

by Nasdaq7 on July 19 2012, 13:36
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Thanks, Nasdaq
Re: archive.org. Check out the ANC in 1996. A huge cluster of these syphilitic palookas have since vrekked "after a long illness" I see... ha-ha-ha! Scum-filth.

by Cap'n Haddock on July 19 2012, 13:40
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Loading Zone or Handicapped Bay?
Loading more ill-gotten gains or insisting that stupidity is a handicap? This Wabenzi wins both ways. As usual, the B Team often knows the right noises to make, but falls down in application. We await the new Martin Luther King to arrive, simultaneously . .more

by Guy Mullins on July 19 2012, 13:45
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Leave us alone!
Does anyone ever remember a time where a white man ever successfully governed an African country that serves all its people well? Who the hell is the likes of Bullard to come here and tell us about good governence? Do these hypocrites hold a track-record . .more

by Phumi Ntlabati on July 19 2012, 13:53
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@Phumi Ntlabati

Not only have you managed to completely miss the whole point of the article, you are compounding the error with your asinine postings as well.

Oh, and by the way, "progressive" should be changed to read "regressive" in your posting. That, . .more

by Marc V on July 19 2012, 14:34
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@ phumi
you know phumi, you're right.

why worry that we are the murder and rape capital of the world

why worry that we buy a panado for R10 each beacause of countless middle men

why worry that babies die in hospital

why . .more

by Eddie on July 19 2012, 14:38
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I don't get it, why is it wrong tonail your colours to the mast...
So what car does the leader of the official opposition drive? Can we honestly say not a single member of the opposition whether in government or within the paty structures drive a top-of-the-range mercedes? With respect you can't look at car's branding . .more

by Sipho on July 19 2012, 15:31
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Selfless Struggle
It would also appear that the car is parked illegally in a loading bay. Further sums it all up.

by Teekay on July 19 2012, 15:38
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Once again.....for the retards
It's not a matter of whether the car is driven by a black, brown, green or pink person. It's not a matter of whether the car is leased, borrowed, stolen or rented from Europcar.
It's all about the ANC claiming to 100 years of selfless struggle in a . .more

by David Bullard on July 19 2012, 15:56
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Mercedes
Somehow there is no proof that this vehicle belonged to a politician or even anyone associated with the ANC. All assumption and innuendo. Could have belonged to Sol Kerzner! What a load of the usual ranting of a frustrated Wit Baas.

by Roy on July 19 2012, 15:56
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why bother
@ sipho.........I could try and explain why you are COMPLETELY missing the point but I simply cannot be bothered

by voter on July 19 2012, 16:06
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@James Bell
"...English speaking, DA supporters, liberal inclination - that previously thought the highest thing to inspire in life was to replace the NATS with the ANC."
Still wrankles hey old fruitdrop. Best thing that ever happened to the NATS.. Despite all . .more

by Jeff on July 19 2012, 16:09
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@Sipho
"So what car does the leader of the official opposition drive?"
To answer your quetion; she drives a Toyota Prius, hardly in the R1m class. She is on record as saying she prefers this as it is relatively eco-friendly, as apposed to a big fancy German . .more

by Jeff on July 19 2012, 16:19
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Where did it all go so wrong?

This reminds me of the Rolls Royce that was said to be regularly seen in Seapoint many years ago, that had a posh golden bumper-sticker which read "F--K THE POOR". So sad.

by Johan Van Den Berg on July 19 2012, 16:22
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@David Bullkaak: U escaped the life of a Tuna Fisherman/maxitaxi driver back in Scottland
Your daily rants won't help, i ask u again; whereelse would u go and live lavishly as a 'freelance' journo (since Mondlie fired u)? The reality is u r the TRASH that is stuck here and none of yr countrymen wil come to yr rescue no matter how loud u . .more

by Mute Fool_Makoya on July 19 2012, 16:42
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@Foolish Mute_Makoya

Are you actually for real, or is it just that you're incurably stupid?

I quote, "This is our country and we wil do as we like with the "taxpayers" money" (sic)

I'm sure you will, you poor sad retard. Which is why we are heading . .more

by Marc V on July 19 2012, 17:01
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I still don't get it.
@Jeff - I take it she drives a Toyota Prius by choice, if she wanted a top-of-the-range mercedes benz she would afford it on her salary. You haven't attempted my second question, here I repeat it again: Can we honestly say not a single member of the . .more

by Sipho on July 19 2012, 17:05
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Alternative explanations
Of course with the car having Free State number plates its quite possible that Plutarch has become a "Brand Ambassador" for the ANC...Or that Mercedes Benz "donated" a few cars for the 100 year anniversary like the donation they made when Mandela was . .more

by . on July 19 2012, 17:23
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@Jeff
Hi Jeff, I can always get a rise out of you (chuckle).

I am amazed how often I am in full agreement with your posts on some issues, differ radically on others but with understanding of where you come from and respecting your viewpoints, and then . .more

by James Bell on July 19 2012, 17:33
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Detective Bullard
I would just like to know one thing...did you perhaps investigate who owns this car?Could it be some hard working, loyal supporter of the ANC, who has made his money without any political favours (believe it or not there are Black people who . .more

by Sumbodi on July 19 2012, 18:08
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Me
Well sunbodi you certainly cannot buy class..

by Me on July 19 2012, 18:30
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@Sumbodi
What you propose is preposterous...investigation would require work and would interfere with lunch...

by . on July 19 2012, 18:33
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@James Bell
"Cutting your nose to spite your face".
Actually I don't think that is particularly aposite to my post. We are always going to differ on this particular point, just as we do on abortion. From now on I will desist from commenting on this matter in . .more

by Jeff on July 19 2012, 18:37
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David Bullard - relpy to ''Once again.....for the retards''
So if I, a non-member of the ANC, decided to paint my Range Rover Sport (I do not own one, this is just to illustrate) with that same message...is the ANC (or am I) being inappropriate?

Point is: That car may not belong to anything ANC. . .more

by Sumbodi on July 19 2012, 19:54
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by . on July 19 2012, 18:33
Fakster.

by . on July 19 2012, 20:08
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fANCy that nice car
These black okes should not drive fancy cars , bras.

by Jannie on July 19 2012, 20:21
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by . on July 19 2012, 18:33
Fakester

by . on July 19 2012, 20:26
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@Dot @Bullfinch @Sumbodi @me @cetera

CRIME SCENE & PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE

This article is a "CRIME SCENE" & "EVIDENCE" & "WITNESS REPORT".

Please show some respect, do your citizenly duty, & report the crime to the SAPS, hand over all the evidence, request a Docket . .more

by John Austin on July 19 2012, 20:41
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@ Phumi, Sipho, Camel-humper
How do you reconcile an avowed primary concern for the upliftment of the poor from their poverty (being the ANC's and the SACP's fundamental mantra) with ostentatious, vulgar displays of extreme individual wealth? Whilst Bullard made no reference to race, . .more

by Questor on July 19 2012, 20:46
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@Sumbodi
You are right but also utterly unrealistic.

The greed and crass materialism of the ANC and their supporters, the endless opportunities created by AA and BBBEE and demographic representativity, the constant whinging about the rich whites and the . .more

by James Bell on July 19 2012, 20:55
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@John Austin
1-The onus is on the author...he made the claims, he noticed the car, he took the photograph, he posted it to online social media...

2-Regarding your illegal parking claim, If it was in a private garage (as most shopping malls are) and not a . .more

by . on July 19 2012, 20:55
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@James Bell
Yoh! I really agree with you on this one. Well said.

by Jeff on July 19 2012, 21:16
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That darn Mercedes
Wow David, this Mecedes picture of yours has unleashed some fiery comments!

by Wizard on July 19 2012, 21:23
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Spelling mistake apology
Mercedes not Mecedes.

by Wizard on July 19 2012, 21:25
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Shame on you David
One needs a powerful and powerful car to get from tender briefings in Limpopo and Mpumalanga to Sandton.

Further, one really does struggle to get the ashtrays out without doing serious damage to one's nails. You just cannot get good servants . .more

by Selfless Struggler on July 19 2012, 21:46
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@Dot-the-absurd...

...."its only an E class" you say. I wonder what you drive, Dot ? I drive a not very new Peugeot 206 diesel so, for me it IS high end. I suspect for the average ANCpf voter it rates considerably higher end than a two donkey scotch cart, . .more

by John Austin on July 19 2012, 22:07
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Where ever...
I have it on good authority that David actually applied the decals as an elaborate stage setting to support his article.

Furthermore it has been suggested that the vehicle actually belongs to Irvin Jim - - a Company car for being such a good . .more

by VERITAS on July 19 2012, 22:50
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@John
The onus on the author means Bullard.

Yes (not that it matters) my vehicle is new and of greater value than an E-class....

by . on July 19 2012, 23:01
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Small P**** syndrome
This owner must have a particularly small P**** - perhaps he has to ruffle his pubes to see which one stands up .....
This car aint gonna make any difference ....

by Green Room on July 19 2012, 23:14
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@ sumbodi


"culd it be some hard working, loyal supporter of the ANC, who has made his money without any political favours?"

..... Name some.......?

by croix on July 19 2012, 23:15
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by Phumi Ntlabati on July 19 2012, 12:44
The Germans also lost 2 world wars ..... just checking

by Green Room on July 19 2012, 23:22
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we're being simplistic here....
@Questor - you're just rambling on and on. There's nothing to reconcile here, that car is a private property, the fact that it carries an ANC branding is a mute point. It could easily belong to the ANC which is a private organisation, the ANC just like . .more

by Sipho on July 20 2012, 09:55
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Sipho
I didn't think you would be able to explain the contradictions of Blade's luxury cars and his employer's lack of funds to provide schoolbooks.

There is nothing "mute" about the message on that superMerc. Might you perhaps mean "moot"? Explain . .more

by Questor on July 20 2012, 10:44
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@Questor
The acquisition by politicians of wealth, and the ostentatious display of its trappings is not a unique ANC phenomenon, the NP were equally as good at it with their farms, mercs, planes and other benefits.

An E class Mercedes with decals on it . .more

by . on July 20 2012, 11:06
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your hypocricy is better than mine, I supposed
@Questor - you're allowing your hatred and fear to cloud your thinking. There's nothing ANC about what I said. The point is you can't look at a car and then conclude that it's purchase price should have been used to uplift a community. As for Blade's . .more

by Sipho on July 20 2012, 11:07
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Sipho 'n Dot
David has never professed selfless sacrifice for the downtrodden, so you can't lable him a hypocrite.
The NP were bad, that's why we cheered their retirement from the game.
Only to find the next bunch is a whole lot worse. Not hatred or fear, . .more

by Questor on July 20 2012, 11:39
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Here's an interesting article
http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/How-Mandela-sold-out-blacks-20120717

Listen to this one comment ( whether you agree or not):

"The old terrorist Mandela will croak soon... and so will South Africa soon after!

Mandela is an . .more

by Nasdaq on July 20 2012, 12:20
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@Questor
I never labelled Bullard a hypocrite, in fact I believe exposing hypocrisy rather than having a racial agenda is his raison d'être. His mission would be more successful if he researched his articles a bit more thoroughly instead of shooting from the hip . .more

by . on July 20 2012, 12:22
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The struggle mobile
I wonder if it's paid for?

by lyn on July 20 2012, 13:04
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Did no one else notice the parking space ?
Everyone seems so caught up with the vehicle and branding, that the gross contempt which has become standard issue to this group of individuals, blatantly evident by where he/she felt it suitable to park, has been missed - in a loading bay or disabled . .more

by theconsumerwatchdog on July 20 2012, 13:06
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@theconsumerwatchdog
What makes you sure they don't have a disabled sticker? or permission to park or loasd/unload there by Mall Management? Its all speculation at present, the photo tells a part of the story, not the whole story...

by . on July 20 2012, 13:21
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theconsumerwatchdog
Disabled parking stickers are generally displayed on both front and rear windscreens - clearly no sticker on the rear window. Loading bays are generally for loading vehicles, such as trucks not Mercedes convertibles. I feel its pretty safe to complete . .more

by theconsumerwatchdog on July 20 2012, 13:32
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@Dot

Quick question Dot old fellow. If someone points a firearm at you do you ask them to take a shot first in order to satisfy yourself that it is, indeed a gun. Or do you perhaps concede that on the balance of probability, all evidence points to the . .more

by Marc V on July 20 2012, 13:34
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@Marc V
Situational awareness would dictate to not allow yourself to get in that position in the first place, but when placed in that position I would proceed on the basis the gun is real and will be used against me.

The fallacy of your argument is . .more

by . on July 20 2012, 13:56
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Disagreeing with David doesn't equal defending the ANC....
@Questor - That's exactly my point. What is David's view on selfless sacrifice for the downtrodden? The only view I'm getting is that David doesn't give a hoot about the downtrodden until he sees an E Class mercedes with an ANC campaign line. If this is . .more

by Sipho on July 20 2012, 14:44
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Sipho mara why
Sipho are you saying i must not buy a million rand car, even though i can afford it, i must go buy textbooks?

come my chief i expect better reason from people who have access to PCs


FYI i'm not into tenders, i'm not Government . .more

by former Cadre on July 20 2012, 14:48
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Dot at 12:22
Not you, but Sipho did (at 11:07). I was (at 11:39) lazily trying to flush out two dodos with one stone.
But your, dot's, attempt to spin this particular expose of Bullards has been pretty desperate, and the distractions you try to use look thinner . .more

by Questor on July 20 2012, 14:53
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@Dot

I believe what David Bullard is railing against here is the sheer crassness of the amply bedecked vehicle and what it implies. As he says, it is not too far removed from a gigantic "up yours" to the great unwashed, or downtrodden, or the abject . .more

by Marc V on July 20 2012, 15:00
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@Jeff, @Questor
Jeff the pleasure is all mine.

Questor.

Dot is fond of rolling out the argument that whatever the ANC fails in it also happenes in other countries (so it's OK) but usually it also happened under Apartheid (so it is justified, a sort of . .more

by James Bell on July 20 2012, 15:02
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Get your R1m Benz and shutup about the downtrodden....
@former Cadre - I expect you to read and understand first before you start punching the computer keys. I never mentioned you buying textbooks instead of a mercedes benz. Where did you get that from - texbooks were brought into this conversation by your . .more

by Sipho on July 20 2012, 15:14
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@Marc V
So if Bullard is now the self-appointed arbitrator of taste and seeks to expose sheer crassness in all its forms it must be a new endeavour as he seemed quite fond of expensive motor vehicles in the past when Bantu Education was running rampant and lack . .more

by . on July 20 2012, 15:15
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@Questor 2
What I have never been able to figure out is how to reconcile the following:

1. 100 years ago blacks outnumbered whites approx 3 to 1.

2 Sixty years ago blacks outnumber whites about 4 to 1.

3. Today blacks outnumber whites . .more

by James Bell on July 20 2012, 15:19
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@James Bell
No what I am fond of is perspective....I'm also quite partial to facts....but will consume opinion based on reasonable assumptions....but life is like a box of choocolates you don't know what you will get until you open the box, or in this case . .more

by . on July 20 2012, 15:21
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@James Bell Figuring Out
Immigration and emigration- illegal, legal and unstated plus dodgy statistics....

by . on July 20 2012, 15:31
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CHECK IT OUT
WONDERING why the car infront of the jammie is also a FS plated jammie..........so.....was Davido actually dropping off his launders or is just winding you lot up....

cheers,

Inspector Bongi Cluezoe

by What a crok of POO on July 20 2012, 15:35
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@What a crok of POO
Well if he lied about dropping off his laundry, what else would he lie about?

by . on July 20 2012, 15:40
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Wit Baas
The most amazing part of all of this is the immediate jumping to conclusions and the outpouring of righteous indignation from most responders. All based on the fact that an expensive car was seen bedecked with ANC slogans.
The Wit Baas mentality is . .more

by Roy on July 20 2012, 15:56
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"Selflessness" and Hypocrisy
@James Bell - I'm not going to be lured off-topic again by you pulling out your favourite soap-box
@Roy, and other Johnny-come-Latelies You too, introduce RACE as if the topic is about whites resenting black riches. Bullard never mentioned race. . .more

by Questor on July 20 2012, 16:43
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@Dot-the-dirty....

....don't think I didn't notice your low blow aimed below the BULLFINCH's ash tray.

Really, drawing attention to BULLFINCH's poverty-stricken childhood where his folks could only afford QUALITY STREET & which he & his siblings had to find . .more

by John Austin on July 20 2012, 18:48
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@ James Bell
You make a valid point, but you miss quite a number of things.

I am a black, not politically connected, educated, hardworking young man. My network of friends and acquantances consists of 150+ black people. Give or take, 100 of them are varsity . .more

by Sumbodi on July 20 2012, 18:55
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Croix
Next time you're in Cape Town, or in Johannesburg or East London. Give me a shout.

My e-mail address is playakwt@gmail.com

P.S. I am one of them.

by Sumbodi on July 20 2012, 18:57
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@ James Bell 2
Evidence is critical. Everyday I read a newspaper, and there is an apology from the editor on a story where they got the facts wrong.I cannot accuse you of wrongdoing or inappropriate behaviour without evidence.

Like I said, I understand where . .more

by Sumbodi on July 20 2012, 19:06
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@ Marc V
That is exactly what David Bullard has created - An article full of 'possibilities'. We now spend our days arguing 'possibilities'while he relaxes cigar in one hand and Scotch in the other laughing and saying 'Look at these fools, Im getting paid for . .more

by Sumbodi on July 20 2012, 19:51
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@ Croix - Here's some homework
Google this man:

Sisa Ngebulana

by Sumbodi on July 20 2012, 19:58
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@Sumbodi- homework done...
http://mg.co.za/article/2011-08-19-more-dodgy-deals-in-department-of-public-works/

by . on July 20 2012, 20:10
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@ Somebody
Who can deny that most whites are racists? Equally, I have yet to meet (or observe through his writings) a black for whom race is not a big issue. As some old sage wagered with total confidence, 'Show me a person who has experienced 2 weeks of life on . .more

by Questor on July 20 2012, 20:48
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ANC sycophants
Reading through some of the comments which try to ( either deliberately or stupidly) miss the point of irony in the article, makes me realise, " there is none so blind as those that choose not to see"

by Kay on July 20 2012, 21:14
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"Apartheid era" files are classified to hide white non-racism
If whites are so racist - why did 70 percent of them support De Klerk in his referendum to hand over power when De Klerk told them the COMMUNIST threat was over? Turns out De Kllerk was wrong!

Which is why the "apartheid era" state files have . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on July 21 2012, 08:38
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Apartheid Apologists
Having read all the comments and the article its clear that people see what they want to see and claim irony as a justification for their omissions, errors and lack of substance when making a point. They should do the work to substantiate their claims if . .more

by . on July 21 2012, 10:40
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Questor
Funny how you try to label me as racist. Obviously you have difficulty understanding the points that I made. Perhaps your brain is so distorted that simple English is beyond you.

by Roy on July 21 2012, 18:28
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Africa was only profitable and well governed under the French and British.
If you don't believe me -check the figures on the internet. Both the British and French handed over PROFITABLE exporting colonies exporting farm products.

South America picked up those markets as Africa collapsed under black . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on July 22 2012, 12:26
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ANC Strugglemobile
I saw this pic through Facebook and reached very similar conclusions to Bullard's.
I once saw a white Rolls Royce in Sandton in the 90's displaying a bumper sticker proclaiming: F*** THE POOR.
Now while this may be just a tad insensitive, unlike . .more

by Paul Murray on July 22 2012, 20:41
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@Sumbodi

Actually, if you read my initial response carefully, you will see that I refer to the balance of “Probabilities”, given the available information.

While David may, or may not, have intended to create mischief for mischiefs sake, it is . .more

by Marc V on July 23 2012, 11:05
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DISABLED
Is it not called "anarchy" when a society becomes lawless ?
What a sure sign of total disregard for the law and zero social consciousness
If im wrong and the driver IS a DISABLED PERSON _I say sorry.
If this is your way to say thank for . .more

by Jannie Pretorius on July 24 2012, 10:36
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DISABILITY-and-money...

.....HANNIE PRETORIUS has a point, actually.

The ZIM WarVets Disability fund was looted silly by the ZANU cadres, leading to an enquiry. One very high ranking was paid out eye-watering money for a medically certified (by a ZANU dr) . .more

by John Austin on July 24 2012, 11:31
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Quite amusing
I must say that I get a chuckle out of reading all the comments; some good, some bad, and a pity some are hostile. There are many many reasons things have sadly gone wrong in ZA, so I won't get into that. But I would like to say that as far as the . .more

by Out of Africa on July 26 2012, 03:38
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Registered owner
Knowing who the owner of the vehicle would add a much needed dimension. Come on David - you've done the easy fun part, now for the value add?

by Peter on August 01 2012, 10:57
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